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60 Seconds with Glyn O'Brien

Posted on July 17, 2014 @ 11:28 AM in Mountainbiking

Newry-based mountain biking legend Glyn O’Brien is one of Ireland’s most acclaimed downhill racers with a whole host of enviable accolades under his belt from an incredible career spanning the last 20 years. 

 Glyn O'Brien

A regular on the UCI Downhill World Cup circuit from 1997-2006, Glyn also came 3rd in the notorious 2003 Red Bull Rampage. In 2009 Glyn came 2nd in the World Masters Downhill Championships and latterly picked up Gold at the World Police and Fire Games in Canada (2011) and his home games in Northern Ireland (2013).

Never one to sit still, Glyn helped on the design and build Ireland’s first purpose-built downhill trails in Rostrevor, pump track in Castlewellan and impressive dirt jumps park in Barnett Demesne, Belfast. He founded in 2004 and offers bike hire, coaching and guiding for groups and individuals all year round.

Watch Glyn take on the Castlewellan Mountain Bike Trails

As if this wasn’t enough, Glyn’s passion for mountain biking has led him to organise some of Northern Ireland’s most iconic MTB events on his local trails in Rostrevor including this year’s Irish Downhill National Championships which take place on 19th & 20th July 2014.

With these champs just around the corner, we thought this’d be as good a time as any to catch up with Glyn to find out what makes him tick, and tick, and tick again.

Glyn, it’s pretty obvious you like to keep ‘on the go’ but seriously where do you find the energy for all this?

When you love what you're doing things jut happen so much easier. A passion for mountain biking, being outdoors and getting people stoked on riding drives me to get anything done. Being there from the start and watching the sport grow in Nortrhern Ireland plays a key part. We now have great places to ride and the sport is getting so much recognition, I feel it’s important to have direct input into creating cool events that will keep us on the map as a mountain bike destination now and in the future. What's really important is that you have a blast when you’re doing it!

Glyn O'Brien

So with all this event organising have you hung up your bike now or will you be competing yourself this summer?

There is plenty of life in the old dog yet! At this point I think it’s important to have a healthy balance of racing, coaching, organising events and just riding with friends. So yes there are plans to ride the Gravity Enduro series, a round of the Enduro World Series, some downhill races with the big one being the Masters Worlds in Norway.

Describe yourself in 3 words
Happy, driven and loving life

Any nicknames that we can publish? 
Most people call me OB or Glynster

Do you have any hidden talents?
I can lick my own elbow

Who would you most like to have a pint with (dead or alive)?
Travis Pastrana

Proudest moment of your life?
That's a tough one. The more I think about it, it has to be coming 3rd place at the Redbull Rampage

What’s the worst injury you’ve ever had?
I've had a few along the way buts that's part of the game. The most interesting one was breaking a bone in my left hand and spraining my right wrist in Canada at the same time. No giggling please.

Favourite Film
Predator 1

Favourite Quote
Live, love, Laugh

Favourite Album
So many to choose from but I've been really into 'The Naked and Famous' this past while

Favourite Song
Of Monsters and Men, Little talks

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Chris Armstrong
Chris Armstrong  Mountain Bike Officer

Chris looks after all things mountain biking in Northern Ireland's a tough job but someone's gotta do it!

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